Performers

The performers programme is directed at musicians of all instruments (western and non-western), organized in an ensemble situation, and consists of two different approaches: the Reading and the Improvisation ensembles.

In both cases the number of students in an ensemble is from four to seven. Ensembles meet for the entire academic year. The duration of the total programme is one to four years.

Classical performers (reading ensemble)

This approach addresses the problems that may arise in many contemporary music pieces by, for example, Stravinsky, Béla Bartók, Varèse, Messaien, Xenakis, Boulez, Elliot Carter, Ferneyhough, Ligeti as well as more recent composers.

The main objective is to provide rhythmical tools that will help the student  achieve a higher degree of accuracy and confidence. South Indian classical music not only makes use of one of the most complex rhythmical systems, but in addition, has very clear and practical teaching and exercise methods. Read more

Improvisers (improvisation ensemble)

This course is addressed at performers who would like to attain a broader view of rhythmical and structural fields. The rhythmical concepts of polyrhythm, polypulse and irregular groupings used in South India provide a very flexible method with which the student can experiment without trying to copy Karnatic music. All the topics are re-structured to enable the student to work only with the concepts and techniques. Read more